I’ve already done quite a few posts on psycheledics and consciousness (google “LSD exopermaculture” for example), to say that I can personally attest to the efficacy of psychedelics to dramatically alter (melt down, fracture, see through) the unconscious structures of consciousness — to the point where, often, one sees/knows for the first time that indeed one has been “seeing through” — a structure, or framework, or window, a narrow aperture, a particular “take” on “reality” that itself is not real, but constructed. But constructed by what? society? Probably. Schooling, media, early childhood, as they interface with one’s own native tendencies, etc. The point is, our perceptions are — unless we are newborn or very very wise — NOT unmediated. And there’s always “MUCH more to ‘it’ than meets the eye.”
Furthermore, I will also say that I agree with and applaud Amber Lyons, her very public recognition, based on her own personal experience, that in order to shift society we need to focus first on changing ourselves. Let each of us, as the saying goes, “Be the change we want to see.” So then, it does seem to be a “no brainer” to look to psychedelics as valuable tools to help us get where we want to go internally. They can both jumpstart the process, and help boost it along the way.
What I also want to stress however, is how those unconscious structures, even when we blast/sail through them, have a way of slinking back in to trap us, unless we pay close, careful, and prolonged attention to the quality of our own awareness. And that’s the job of meditation, learning to be the impartial witness to the tumultuous flow of memories, ideas, perceptions — the “passing show,” the endlessly shifting parade of images that feelings within the body trigger. And THAT’S the job of a lifetime.
So. “Let’s take off our conceptual helmuts and shake out our hair.” YES, yes! By all means! Over and over and over again.
So while psychedelics can miraculously break/dissolve old structures seemingly instantaneously, or over the course of an evening or a weekend, that does not absolve us from the hard work, indeed the discipline, of continuing to pay close attention to our own experience so that old, familiar habits do not creep back in. We aim to “become whole.” We aim to integrate all the warring parts of ourselves, all the different voices urging us to do this and that. We aim to always own EVERYTHING, the entire (usually conflictual) complex drama that’s going on inside our body/minds, rather than project parts/voices that are most uncomfortable or desirable out onto the “external world” whereby we then feel/assume/say that we either “hate” or “love” that idea, thing, or person. Both aversion and attachment are the problem. Both of them blind. And, at least in my experience, there are no “instant cures.”
May 29, 2014
by Dennis Trainor, Jr.
PopularResistance.org via opednews.com
Note: This is an episode clip. The full episode, The Healing Power of Psychedelics, will publish at Acronym TV on Thursday, May 29.
Amber Lyon, 3-time Emmy award winning journalist, describes how her work as a journalist covering social justice issues lead to her suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and how experience with Ayahuasca cured her of the disorder and led to a radical spiritual and career shift.
“I’ve never taken the traditional route in my journalism,” says Lyon “I spent a decade on the street covering some of the worst humanity has to offer whether it be war, slavery, drug trafficking, and I realized after a certain amount of time that I was just covering the symptoms of the greater problem which is our collective madness. We need healing at the individual level before anything is going to change when it comes to all of the destruction that we are seeing in this world. (“) I’ve decided that for the rest of my career I am going to attack the core which is this collective Insanity and collective need for healing; whether that is physical healing or healing when it comes to mental health disorders.
Lyon is developing a website, Reset.Me, which “strives to provide accurate journalism on psychedelics and alternative therapies for depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, addiction, and other health conditions. We seek to give those who need to hit the ‘reset’ button in life information for improving mental and physical well being.
Through the aggregation of content and production of independent journalism by experienced reporters, Reset.Me aims to create an open discussion surrounding psychedelics and alternative therapies.”
According to a video produced by Amber Lyon’s new venture, Reset.Me:
“Numerous studies show these substances are non-neurotoxic, non-addictive and are having profound effects curing some of the most stubborn mental health disorders by helping people purge bottled up trauma. “”MDMA is curing debilitating PTSD in veterans. Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, is alleviating anxiety and depression. LSD was used successfully for decades to combat alcohol addictions and anxiety. Ayahuasca is helping people purge traumatic memories while increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Psychedelics are some of the most profound medicines known to man.”
Amber Lyon is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, filmmaker, photographer, and explorer known for her use of submersion journalism, or becoming part of the story, to find the truth.
Lyon is the founder of the news site, www.reset.me and the web show and podcast Reset with Amber Lyon. While a CNN investigative correspondent, Amber was the only reporter to broadcast live while scuba diving in a HAZMAT suit from beneath the BP oil spill to connect viewers with the story. Her reporting contributed to CNN winning a Peabody Award for coverage of the spill. For her CNN documentary, iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring, Lyon examined social media’s critical role in galvanizing revolutions and exposing human rights abuse in Egypt, Tunisia, and Bahrain.
Lyon has reported extensively on domestic child sex trafficking. In 2010, She investigated the sex trafficking of domestic minors on the online classified site, Craigslist. Days after her report aired on CNN, 17 state Attorneys General quoted findings from Lyon’s report in a letter to Craigslist demanding the closure of their Adult Services section. Less than a month after the CNN investigation aired, Craigslist shut down their Adult Services section in the U.S. and has since closed the section worldwide. Lyon was honored with a prestigious Gracie Award for women in media and a nominated as a finalist for a Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Lyon also reported for and co-produced a documentary on child sex trafficking entitled “Selling the Girl Next Door”. The hour-long documentary gave viewers a raw view into the disturbing world of underage American girls caught up in the violent sex trade.
Lyon is also the author of the 2013 Amazon bestseller, Peace, Love and Pepper Spray, a historic photographic documentation of protest across the United States.
Dennis Trainor, Jr. is the creator and host of Acronym TV and the writer, director and producer of the documentary American Autumn: an Occudoc.